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Seeking stories from Birmingham’s canal women

Alarum hopes to step back in time once more through the memories of more women. Intern Louise Bradfield explains. When Birmingham comes up in conversation, the first thing mentioned is normally related to Peaky Blinders, the accent, at least one of the football teams or – most importantly – the canals. The comparison to Venice is inevitably made of course and people are left to wonder “how many miles of canals and waterways does Birmingham actually have”? Most will have […]

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Five Most Memorable Moments from Alarum’s Five Years

Finally, the last five things on our list commemorating Alarum’s 5th anniversary – five moments from Alarum’s journey that stand out from the rest as the most memorable, for one reason or another. We have so many great memories from each and every performance, like Braunston Historic Rally in 2017 when we presented Prunella Scales with a replica National Service badge… … or the occasion when a young lad in the audience completely upstaged Heather! He was there with his dad […]

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Five Most Unusual Venues from Alarum’s Performance History

Across our many shows and tours, a whole host of venues have become sites for performance, transformed through theatre magic to stage historical scenes and stories from the waterways. In our fourth instalment of our 5th anniversary blog series, we’re taking a look back at our performance venues from the last five years, and counting off five venues that really stick out for how unusual they were as places to put on a show. Honourable mentions include a woodland, several […]

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Five Quick-fire Questions for Kate Saffin

Our 5th anniversary blog series continues with another interview, this time on Alarum’s other co-founder: Kate Saffin. Alongside her projects with Alarum, Kate is a writer, storyteller, and actor. Currently living on a narrowboat, she’s a proper boater too. Amoxicillin 500 mg for dogs ampricillin tr 500 chloroquine phosphate manufacturers in india mg capsule in india. However, you should 100 mg neurontin always take care of yourself by monitoring your blood pressure and blood sugar, as well as your medical […]

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Five Quick-fire Questions for Heather Wastie

Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day and, rather appropriately, marks the 5th anniversary of Heather and Kate’s first phone conversation. The moment they decided that, yes, Heather’s work Idle Women and Judies and Kate’s solo play Isobel’s War would make a rather good double bill and it might be fun to take the show on tour… The fact that Kate had been contemplating a boat trip along the very canal that goes through the village where Heather lives – […]

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Walking Through Waterways History

We are delighted to announce that we have been commissioned by Creative Black Country to run a project to engage and connect local people during lockdown. Leading the project is Alarum Co-Director, writer and musician Heather Wastie, who was involved with her family in campaigning for the restoration of canals in the Black Country from the 1960s onwards. She is joined by vocalist, harpist, theatre maker and sound designer Sam Frankie Fox, who is based in Smethwick. Audio trail The […]

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Happy birthday to us! We’re five!

This year, 2021, marks Alarum’s 5th anniversary! To celebrate we gave our wonderful work experience student, Jess Saunders the task of summing up the last five years of performing, creating, producing and boating in five blog posts. Each blog post will be made up of five fun facts and archive photos. Here’s her first one: From key dates to venues to memorable moments, these celebratory posts have it all! Heather and Kate have shared a lively collection of anecdotes, as we […]

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Local creative writing

Our Arts Council funding has enabled us to do several things we wouldn’t otherwise have been able to afford to do, like, for example, run activities for local communities as we passed through. One of those activities was a Creative Writing Workshop at Stoke Bruerne Museum on Wednesday 19th July for which were able to book prize-winning poet and performer, Emma Purshouse – Emma’s experience as a boat owner meant she was especially qualified to join Heather Wastie as tutor, […]

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Final week of the tour!

Over the last 14 weeks we’ve experienced a lot of what the original trainees would have gone through; stemming up, breasting up, learning to splice ropes, steering round sharp bends … and lots of modern day trainees have joined us throughout the journey too. There are still a few opportunities to join us as we continue back to London. We now find ourselves with just three performances left: this coming Monday and Tuesday at the Rising Sun, Berkhampsted, and our final […]

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 “TENCH” and her owner, Alex Bennett

As we recently went to the historic boat rally in Braunston with Tench we thought it would be a good time to tell you a bit more about the 80 yr old boat and her owner, Alex Bennett. She began life in 1936 in Cheshire. Built by W.J. Amoxicillin 500 mg for dogs ampricillin tr 500 chloroquine phosphate manufacturers in india mg capsule in india. However, you should 100 mg neurontin always take care of yourself by monitoring your blood pressure […]

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